Epidemiology of Diabetic neuropathy

Epidemiology (Occurrence of diabetic neuropathy in different groups)

Epidemiological studies suggest that prevalence of neuropathy in diabetic patients is 30% in hospital patients and 20% in patients living in communities.1

Approximately, about 60–70% of the people with diabetes suffer from neuropathy and the onset can be at any time in life. A recent study revealed that about 7% of the patients had neuropathy on diagnosis of diabetes and 50% of the diabetic neuropathy patients were among people who had diabetes for more than 25 years. In other words, the incidence of neuropathy in diabetic patients increases with the period of diabetes and the degree of hyperglycemia.2

It is not possible to predict accurate prevalence rate as the criteria for diagnosis, patients receiving medical care vary and in some cases, the disease remains undiagnosed in a large population.3


  1. Shaw JE, Zimmet PZ. The epidemiology of diabetic neuropathy. Diabetes Rev. 1999; 7: 245–252.
  2. Thomas PK, Tomlinson DR. Diabetic and hypoglycemic neuropathy. In: Dyck PJ, Thomas PK (eds). Peripheral Neuropathy. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1993, pp. 1219–1250
  3. Vinik AI, Holland MT, Le Beau JM, Liuzzi FJ, Stansberry KB, Colen LB. Diabetic neuropathies. Diabetes Care. 1992; 15(12): 1926–1975.


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